As of February 2016, Carl Icahn became the official owner of Trump Taj Mahal. Icahn became the principal creditor after he bought the majority of the casino’s debt at a deep discount. Trump may no longer be the owner of the casino, but he does have an agreement in place allowing his name and likeness can remain. The arangement has been viewed as, not owning the cookie jar while maintaining a hand in the jar at all times.
On Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, some N.J. legislators met with strikers from Trump Taj Mahal at the Statehouse in Trenton. The “Philadelphia Business Journal” explained, the two parties came together in support of a bill that would provide strikers with unemployment benefits in the event their strike exceeded 30 days. It is believed, this bill would force business owners to negotiate with local unions much quicker. The politicians argued, it is unfair to the union workers when the business owners do not offer fair terms which lengthen the process of the strike.
During the protest at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross told the strikers the Democrats would win the upcoming general election in November 2016. Norcross explained the Democrats would defeat the man whose name was still proudly hung in front of Trump Taj Mahal. This event organized by the Local 54 union, recruited thousands of protesters wearing red shirts and carrying personalized signs.
On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, now Democrat Presidential Nominee, Hillary Clinton, held a rally in front of the closed Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. After the rally, Clinton also took the time to visit with the strikers who were parked directly in front of the Trump Taj Mahal. Initially, the union had endorsed Bernie Sanders for president. The union was sure to remove Sanders’ picture from their signs before Clinton arrived.
Bob McDevitt is the union head for the “Unite Here” movement for Local 54. McDevitt explained, the union was proud to have Clinton join them for one of their protests at Trump Taj Mahal. Additionally, McDevitt argued Clinton would fight for better jobs in Atlantic City and the United States as a whole. Clinton’s visit is another example of politicians helping the strikers for Trump Taj Mahal.
McDevitt also described the most recent offer by Icahn and Trump Taj Mahal as “crappy” because the health insurance cost are unacceptable with high deductibles. McDevitt believes Americans are struggling to survive, and high deductibles for quality health care won’t help, and there is no point to having insurance if the patient has to pay large amounts of out-of-pocket costs.
Icahn has argued better health and pension benefits are impossible at the moment because the Trump Taj Mahal has just concluded its bankruptcy. Angered by the response of Icahn, the union has brought their fight to his Manhattan offices in New York City. At every protest, the strikers make comparisons of Icahn to Trump’s presidential campaign.
The union and McDevitt also brought their argument to the Democrat National Convention where Clinton accepted the nomination. Trump Taj Mahal strikers have received help from politicians because Icahn was able to make acceptable offers for the union associated with the Tropicana Casino but has been unwilling to provide acceptable terms for them at Trump Taj Mahal.
By Kristina Lasher
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